ATHENS: Tourism is not to blame for the surge of COVID-19 infections in Greece, the tourism minister said on Wednesday after the government reimposed restrictions aimed at saving the summer season. The recent surge in Covid-19 in Greece is not linked to the country’s reopening to international visitors in mid-May, Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis said here. “The inauguration of the tour was done very carefully, of the 105,609 samples taken at the country’s entry points in the first 10 days of July, only 74 were positive, only 0.07%,” Haris Theoharis told a Greek hoteliers conference.

This week, the daily number of confirmed coronavirus cases across the country exceeded 3,000 for the first time in four months. According to reports, in June this figure had gone below 500 per day. Citing experts, the Greek government has attributed the rise to the highly contagious Delta variant, which finds fertile ground without vaccinations.

The increase in Covid-19 cases in Greece is not related to tourism,” Theoharis stressed on Wednesday at an event dedicated to the future of hotels in Greece, pointing to the results of checks carried out at the country’s borders. In 10 days in July, only 74 positive cases were detected in 105,609 random samples taken at borders, seaports and airports.

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